Chocolate Eclair Cake

July 11, 2011


We’ve finally returned from our vacation. For now, I’m glad to be back in D.C., but I’m sure I’ll be longing for the mountains again by mid week.


While we were in Saluda this week, I found myself eating far outside my comfort zone -meaning lots and lots of dessert. Somehow, sweets were everywhere. Everyday was something new; cobbler, chocolate pound cake,  ice cream and let’s not forget about all that candy at the general store.

My future sister-in-law assembled this tasty eclair cake and kindly allowed me to photograph the process. This is not something I’d eat often and I definitely think there are ways you could play with it using more natural ingredients, but it was a delicious treat and, surprisingly, tasted almost exactly like a chocolate eclair.


Ingredients: (about 20 servings)

Slightly Adapted From Paula Deen’s Eclair Cake

1 pound (1 box graham crackers)

2 (3 1/4 oz) boxes vanilla instant pudding

3 1/2 cups milk

1 (8 oz) container whipped topping

1 container pre-made chocolate frosting (or follow the original recipe to make your own frosting)


Line a 13×9 inch pan with graham crackers.


In a mixing bowl, blend the instant pudding and milk for 2 minutes.


Fold in the whipped topping. Pour half the mixture over the layer of graham crackers and spread evenly.


Add another layer of graham crackers.


Add the remaining pudding mixture.


And another layer of graham crackers. Then, heat the frosting on the stovetop or in microwave just until it becomes runny. Pour over the graham crackers.


Refrigerate for 24 hours before serving.


Vacation is a wonderful thing. Not sure which I’ll miss more, Saluda or this cake!


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Nicole S. July 3, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Someone at work gave me this recipe a few months ago. When I made it for the first time my family loved it. It is sooo super easy. I’ve not made again since. Until today. It’s for a 4th of July party and I’m actually kind of embarrassed at how little effort you have to put into this cake. This website gave me an even better way of doing the chocolate icing on top. Last time I made it, I didn’t soften or melt the icing. I just spread it on. Melting it was alot easier. It’s a fantastic summer dessert!!!

Hannah February 4, 2012 at 12:18 am

Looks yummy! Wonder how it would be with sliced bananas? Different than an eclair, but possibly tasty?

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods February 4, 2012 at 9:49 am

Sounds like a great idea to me!

Chris R August 13, 2011 at 11:14 am


In the 70′s we called this “Ice Box Cake!” Layers of graham crackers, vanilla and chocolate pudding! No claim to fame was on this recipe…but everyone in my neighborhood made it!

~ C

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods August 13, 2011 at 1:24 pm

That sounds like the perfect name for it. Yum!

kaceyt @ om&nom July 21, 2011 at 8:34 am

Love this recipe. So easy and delicious!

bilant July 13, 2011 at 11:59 am

Oh my God this looks so good and i`m sure that it is delicious too. I think it is not a very difficult recipe so i will give it a try, thanks a lot for sharing.

Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum July 12, 2011 at 7:45 am

Yuummm. I love graham crackers and chocolate. And cream. Which means I love this dessert!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods July 12, 2011 at 8:28 am

LOL! :)

Baking 'n' Books July 11, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Oh my…this is sinful…and much too tempting! :)

Rachel @ The Avid Appetite July 11, 2011 at 4:24 pm

I love this! It looks super simple but totally fabulous :) A perfect dessert in my opinion.

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods July 11, 2011 at 9:36 pm

Thanks, Rachel! It’s super simple indeed!

LauraJayne July 11, 2011 at 2:58 pm

That looks SO delish! Even better, it looks like something I could make tonight!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods July 11, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Yes! Truly a cinch to whip up!

Lisa {} July 11, 2011 at 12:44 pm

It looks sinful!

Aparna E. July 11, 2011 at 10:01 am

Mmm…that looks and sounds good! That sounds like it might be too sweet for me though!

Lauren at Keep It Sweet July 11, 2011 at 8:52 am

What a perfect easy and delicioius summer dessert! Lots of desserts are meant for vacation:-)

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